SCLC to Host Roundtable on Sex Trafficking

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    The Southern Christian Leadership Conference will host a roundtable discussion on Saturday, March 9, from 3:00 to 5:00pm in Room 252 at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology on the topic “How do we talk about justice for our girls in the context of preventing sex trafficking?”

    The roundtable is designed for input and data collection from stakeholders of SCLC’s “Stop the Violence Initiative” and its “Justice for Girls” strategy, in the area of child sex trafficking prevention.

    “There are little to no prevention efforts in existence at this time,” explains Director Cathelean Steele, “and there are no substantive evidence-based, educational prevention programs and curriculum. That’s why we are committed to collecting data from our community stakeholders, sex trafficking prevention stakeholders, and experts.”

    The roundtable will be moderated by Dr. Valerie Bridgeman, Ph.D., with a panel consisting of Dr. Stephanie Crumpton, Pastor Darryl Winston, Mrs. Ember Lumpkin, LMSW, Mr. Al Bartell, Mrs. Cathelean Steele and Mr. Warren Mitchell LCSW.

    The focus of this first roundtable is the “language” used in the area of sex trafficking. Survey questionnaires, the discussion in the roundtable, and pre- and post-discussion interviews will provide raw data for the “attitudes” section of the needs assessment study that SCLC’s “Justice for Girls” strategy working group will be putting together over the next 4-5 months. The series of “Justice for Girls” roundtable discussions that follow will address the connection between sex trafficking and public health, crime and punishment, morality/ethics, and public policy.

    A “Justice for Girls” workshop, based upon the data collected from the roundtable discussions, is scheduled to be held on Aug. 26, 2013 in Washington, D.C., as part of SCLC’s 50th Anniversary on the March to Washington, D.C. events.

    For more roundtable details, contact: Ms. Pamela Bridgeman, SCLC “Justice for Girls” Strategy Leader, (770) 983-4444, consultant@pamelabridgeman.com.

    For more information about “Justice for Girls”, contact: Mrs. Cathelean Steele, Director, “Stop the Violence Initiative”, (404) 522-1420, cathelean@nationalsclc.org.

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